Massive Compensation for Boatyard Worker

Posted: 4th April 2011

Building Materials on QuayA boatyard worker who suffered brain damage in a workplace fall has been awarded a compensation settlement worth £7.2 million.
Kevin Cleightonhills, who was 21 at the time of the accident, was working at a boatyard on the Isle of Wight. He was standing on a metal gantry trying to bring a boat in when the structure collapsed and he fell 15 feet onto a concrete floor. He landed on his feet but some falling metal hit him on the head, causing severe brain injuries.
Following the accident, he required extensive surgery and had to undergo intensive rehabilitation. Although he was initially given only a 5 per cent chance of survival, Mr Cleightonhills made a remarkably good recovery. He volunteers at a local charity shop but has been left with permanent problems with his memory and concentration, which mean that he will require assistance with his needs for the rest of his life.
The size of the settlement reflects the severity of Mr Cleightonhills’ injury and his age. It will enable his family to provide the care he requires and help him to live as independently as possible.

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